Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with Ensemble La Fenice

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ensemble La Fenice. Ensemble La Fenice. (Jef Balme)
Operavore

Premiered in 1607, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo is considered to be the first opera. In creating it, he not only fused story with music in a novel way, but also begot a work that remains powerful more than 400 years later. 

Host Lisa Simone presents L'Orfeo in a production from the Torroella de Montgri Music Festival, on the Costa Brava in Spain, featuring conductor Jean Tubéry leading the Ensemble La Fenice. The opera adapts the Greek myth about the title character, who descends into the underworld to find his wife and bring her back to the world of the living.

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Cast:

Euridice: Caroline Tarrit (mezzo-soprano)
Orfeo: Jan Van Elsacker (tenor)
La Musica: Saskia Salembier (mezzo-soprano)
Messaggiera/Speranza: Luciana Mancini (mezzo-soprano)
Proserpina: Roxane Chalard (soprano)
Caronte: Jean-Claude Saragosse (bass)
Apollo: Nicolas Achten (baritone)
Plutone: Emmanuel Vistorsky (bass)

Ensemble La Fenice
Jean Tubéry, conductor

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